Wildlife of takayna gallery, by Arwen Dyer

takayna (or Tarkine) in Australia is unique for its wilderness, Aboriginal heritage and abundant wildlife. The area is being impacted by logging, mining, irresponsible recreation and the effects of climate change. Photographer Arwen Dyer has been documenting the wildlife of takayna.

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takayna’s ancient rainforests, button grass plains, mountain range, rocky coastlines, sand dunes and rivers are home to unique wildlife, many of which are threatened. takayna, or Tarkine as it has been commonly known to non-indigenous people, is a 450,000 hectare region of Tasmania, Australia and is rich in Aboriginal artefacts and sacred sites, including middens, hut indentations and stone hunting tools. Unfortunately, recreational off-road vehicles are ruining middens and damaging ecosystems.

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About the photographer

Arwen Dyer is a photographer, conservationist and creative artist from Tasmania, Australia. Her images portray emotional and spiritual responses to place and natural phenomena and invite the viewer to also respond. She hopes her photos of unique and beautiful wilderness help raise awareness of the need to protect the natural environment from human impacts.

Arwen has exhibited internationally, been shortlisted and received honourable mentions for several international awards, has published two books and various merchandise. View more of Arwen’s photographs on her website.

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To view the images as a slideshow, click on the arrows in the top right hand corner of the photos below.

The stunning underside of a minute and delicate white fungi. © Arwen Dyer
The stunning underside of a minute and delicate white fungi. © Arwen Dyer
Banksia flowers, common along the coast. © Arwen Dyer
Banksia flowers, common along the coast. © Arwen Dyer
A water droplet sits delicately in the frond of a batwing fern. © Arwen Dyer
A water droplet sits delicately in the frond of a batwing fern. © Arwen Dyer
A Bennett's wallaby joey in its mother's pouch. © Arwen Dyer
A Bennett’s wallaby joey in its mother’s pouch. © Arwen Dyer
Billardiera longiflora. © Arwen Dyer
Billardiera longiflora. © Arwen Dyer
Low light on the Takayna coast. © Arwen Dyer
Low light on the Takayna coast. © Arwen Dyer
A macro lens captures the beauty of a leatherwood tree's flower after rain. © Arwen Dyer
A macro lens captures the beauty of a leatherwood tree’s flower after rain. © Arwen Dyer
Dainty lichen flutes. © Arwen Dyer
Dainty lichen flutes. © Arwen Dyer
An abalone shell in a midden: a pile of shells remaining from local Aboriginal people's seafood meals over thousands of years. © Arwen Dyer
An abalone shell in a midden: a pile of shells remaining from local Aboriginal people’s seafood meals over thousands of years. © Arwen Dyer
The moon sets over the remote western coastline of Tasmania. © Arwen Dyer
The moon sets over the remote western coastline of Tasmania. © Arwen Dyer
Moss spores with water droplets. © Arwen Dyer
Moss spores with water droplets. © Arwen Dyer
Mycena interrupta fungi, otherwise known as 'pixie's parasols'. © Arwen Dyer
Mycena interrupta fungi, otherwise known as ‘pixie’s parasols’. © Arwen Dyer
An ancient myrtle tree in a Takayna rainforest. © Arwen Dyer
An ancient myrtle tree in a Takayna rainforest. © Arwen Dyer
Sunrise over the wild Takayna coast. © Arwen Dyer
Sunrise over the wild Takayna coast. © Arwen Dyer
Dew drops in the rainforest. © Arwen Dyer
Dew drops in the rainforest. © Arwen Dyer
Sea eagle resting in the rainforest. © Arwen Dyer
Sea eagle resting in the rainforest. © Arwen Dyer
Lens glare creates an abstract effect in this coastal shot. © Arwen Dyer
Lens glare creates an abstract effect in this coastal shot. © Arwen Dyer
The stars create a trail around the southernmost point in this stacked image. © Arwen Dyer
The stars create a trail around the southernmost point in this stacked image. © Arwen Dyer
A local wombat. © Arwen Dyer
A local wombat. © Arwen Dyer
A little known waterfall off the beaten track. © Arwen Dyer
A little known waterfall off the beaten track. © Arwen Dyer